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MyPlate Blast Off Game

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USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Team Nutrition
Producer:USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Team Nutrition
Date Produced:2011
  • Game
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Physical Activity
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:Students can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity. Fuel tanks for each food group help students keep track of how their choices will, ultimately, pay off!
Cost:Available for online play only.
Web Site:http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/blastoff.htm


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based on MyPlate or the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
F. Learner Background
Material assumes reader has considerable background information.

In order to successfully "blast off" participant has to be familiar with MyPlate food groups and physical activity recommendation.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

Objectives are incorporated in introduction to game.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material includes a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Not applicable.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.

This interactive web-based game would be a good supplemental activity after MyPlate has been introduced as a classroom activity.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)

Access is through USDA site. No credits are listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

A "mission report" received at the end of the game provides a food intake and physical activity summary with options to change choices and replay the game.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.
B. Pace
Presentation progresses at a pace that permits comprehension. Pacing of dialogue is appropriate for absorbing concepts presented. Blank time is provided.
C. Auditory Quality
Speaker, voice and music are clear; sound is audible and has good quality.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are clear and properly framed; graphics and titles are clearly visible; color, lighting, and editing enhance presentation of content.
E. Continuity
Continuity provides cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals in logical order. Auditory portion precisely matched with visual portion.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
B. Readability
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Limited menu options of food items to select for lunch, dinner and snack.
C. General Comments
Mission report appears to indicate a snack choice is required, even if MyPlate food group servings have been reached through meals.
D. Overall Summary
This game is a good supplement to a classroom lesson on MyPlate.

Reviewer Rating
Any opinions expressed about any resource in this web site (either expressly or implied) are solely and completely the responsibility of the reviewer and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Highly Recommended